If You’re Serious About Transparency, Try Public Office Space

Prime Pearl Street “office space”
Om Malik’s place has a guest piece from Jackson West. Mr. West’s topic is coffee houses as Web 2.0 office spaces.

Forget Palo Alto garages — San Francisco coffee shops are where to get your startup off the ground. Internet cafes are emerging as an important place to get work done, hold meetings and network. Since writers, designers, developers and anyone else who can work from their laptop are going to show up, you can even recruit talent, publicize your project and even demo your product for potential users and investors.

I like this bootstrapper’s model much better than working from home. Working from home is too isolating. Plus, I’m addicted to espresso.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I love the Trident, but to slog out and do some work, I think Pearl Street’s prime office space is Bookends. Better plug locations (although still too few) and more open/spacious. Actually, I’m sitting here right now! 🙂
    Here’s my blog and website, often edited from Boulder’s coffee spots.